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Fears over Fast-Tracking Drugs

By | September 10, 2012

Doctors question whether a government initiative to speed approval for promising new drugs is ensuring safety.

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Robot Legs Obey Brain

By | September 7, 2012

A pair of mechanical leg braces that are controlled by their wearer’s brain signals could help paralyzed patients walk again.

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Do it Yourself TB Test

By | September 5, 2012

With a cardboard box, a light source, and some filters, roadside clinics can accurately test for tuberculosis.

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Flu Fights Dirty

By | September 1, 2012

Mimicking a host-cell histone protein offers flu a sneaky tactic to suppress immune response.

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Down and Dirty

By | September 1, 2012

Diverse plant communities create a disease-fighting "soil genotype."

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Enter the Third Dimension

By | September 1, 2012

Cell culture goes 3-D with devices that better mimic in vivo conditions.

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Gifted in Science

By | September 1, 2012

Researchers look to the emerging phenomenon of "crowdfunding" to pay for their work

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Pleasant to the Touch

By | September 1, 2012

Scientists hope an understanding of nerve fibers responsive only to gentle touch will give insight into the role the sense plays in social bonding.

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Stemming the Toxic Tide

By | September 1, 2012

How to screen for toxicity using stem cells

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The Inside Scoop

By | September 1, 2012

Probing cells with nanometer-scale electrodes

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